A criminal records check for people who wish to obtain a visa for Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America.
ACRO issues Police Certificates to people who want to emigrate to a number of countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America.
The certificate details whether or not the applicant has a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective High Commission or Embassy.
Please note that the certificate may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.
Certificates are prepared in accordance with ACPO guidelines (please note that these guidelines do not apply to Scottish convictions).
Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for further information on Police Certificates. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact ACRO Customer Services.
Application forms and guidance can be accessed in various languages by following the links below. Forms must be completed in English.
Please Note: To view PDF documents you will need Adobe Reader software installed on your computer. This can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.
To help you complete your application form, please see an example of a completed form by following the link below.
Example Application Form
Please visit our payment guidance page for more information on paying by cheque, bank draft, postal orders or bank transfers.
How to Recognise Fraud.
Click here for Royal Mail's festive postal dates. ACRO would like to advise customers applying for certificates that Royal Mail deals with large volumes of post over the festive season. Please click here to see Royal Mail's current advice to customers as there may be delays.
With effect from 12th August 2013 ACRO will only accept Version 19 or higher of the Police Certificate application form. From this date, all previous versions will be rejected and ACRO will require a new form to be submitted before an application can be processed.